When Words Fail / Fri, Jun 10 & Sat, Jun 11 (8 pm)
The final part of Mile Zero Dance’s Dance Crush series—wherein guest artists offer a mix of classes and performances—is a blend of improv and dance: local mover Richard Lee and Calgary-based Mark Ikeda will take a single audience suggestion and let it inspire both movement and words over the course of the 45-minute performance. (Spazio Performativo, $15 – $20)
The Gondoliers / Fri, Jun 10 & Sat, Jun 11 (7:30 pm)
As part of Opera Nuova’s annual summer-spanning festival comes Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Gondoliers, a lesser-seen work in the duo’s timeless oeuvre, featuring an equally timeless who-is-the-true-heir-to-the-throne mix-up as its central plot. Bonus: it’s being directed by former Edmonton Opera artistic director Brian Deedrick, a fellow who knows a thing or two about opera. (Fort Edmonton Park, Capitol Theatre, $20 – $26)
Just for Cats Film Fest / Sat, Jun 11 – Wed, Jun 15
Have we reached peak cat video? Doubtful. If there even is a “peak” for watching adorable animals doing funny/tragic/unexpected things, who would want to ascend its summit and head back down?
Aaaanyway: the Just For Cats Video Festival is back this weekend, offering a compendium of cute animal videos to bask in with an audience full of like-minded animal aficionados—kind of like calling everyone over to your computer to watch a new cat vid, but on the Garneau’s gigantic movie screen. Plus, the whole thing benefits cat welfare in Canada, thanks to the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies. (Metro Cinema at the Garneau) V